I’ve been MIB (Missing In Bloging) for the past few weeks – suddenly the dance card filled up this last two weeks, I’ve been enjoying a spate of poor health, and the old muses decided to take a holiday. But more of all that at a later date.
Last week I posted the following meme on a “humour” site I belong to:
It caused an ungodly firestorm. Over 600 people viewed it, 120 shared it and there were 580 comments. And therein doth lie the rub! It was taken down after six hours for breaking two of the rules of the group. It was not considered humour and it bullied a race, gender, nationality, culture or religion. Now I’m not sure which of those five was being bullied as I have never thought of diet choice as being any one of them. Though from the looks of some of the comments I would say a CULTure.
But I digress! Wouldn’t you know that something about vegetables by my friends over at Foil, Arms and Hog would pop up on this weeks feed.
Who knew that rhubarb was considered a vegetable? Certainly not me.
And while we’re speaking – well okay they were speaking – of vegetables, a pet peeve of mine (ANOTHER PET PEEVE! gasps my faithful reader) is the use of the word “organic”* for everything in the grocery store these days. And I won’t even start on “curated”, “hand-crafted”, or “artisanal”, I’ll save those for another day.
*The word for September 27th is:
Organic /ôrˈɡanik/: [adjective]
1. Relating to or derived from living matter.
2. Of food or farming methods: produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.
3. Of a disease: affecting the structure of an organ.
4. Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek organikos ‘relating to an organ or instrument’.
You will notice that first definition – even a bloody TV dinner (if they still exist) could be called “organic”. Apparently the second definition popped up for the first time in 1942 and has now become ubiquitous as an advertising buzz word.